Die ungewollten Auswirkungen der Hundehaltung: Wie Hundekot unserer Umwelt schadet

The unintentional effects of dog husbandry: How dog jersey harms our environment

Owning a dog is a valuable experience. Our canine companions offer us love, loyalty and fun. At the same time, few dog people think about the by-products of dog ownership that have a negative impact on our environment—namely, dog poo. In this blog post, we explain how this "forgotten" pet waste can harm our environment and how you can help reduce its impact on nature.

The impact of dog waste on the environment is far-reaching and should be taken seriously. Dog poop contains high levels of bacteria, including many potentially dangerous pathogens. When it accumulates in nature, on streets and other public places, it can pose a significant health risk to humans, animals and the environment. Finally, the decomposition of dog waste produces methane - a powerful greenhouse gas - that contributes to climate change.


How can dog poop harm the environment?

Dog waste is a major environmental concern because it can have a number of negative impacts on the environment. Dog poop can contain viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other pathogens that can spread throughout the environment and affect both animals and humans. For example, roundworm eggs in dog feces are a common cause of human eye infections.

Dog waste can have very serious consequences for our groundwater if not disposed of properly. Dog poop contains large amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and other nutrients that rainwater can wash into nearby streams and rivers. The nutrients contained in dog waste encourage excessive growth of algae. This "algal bloom" can lead to a reduction in oxygen levels in the water, causing fish and other aquatic life to suffocate. In addition, due to algae growth, less sunlight is available to aquatic plants, leading to less diversity in fish populations and disease outbreaks due to the presence of pathogenic bacteria. This is of particular concern in areas where there is little flow or dilution of pollutants due to limited natural discharge from rivers, streams or creeks.

Dog poop also contains potential pathogens such as E. coli or Salmonella, which can contaminate drinking water and cause gastrointestinal illness in humans if consumed. Therefore, responsible pet owners should always clean up after their dogs to prevent long-term damage to the natural environment from dog waste.


Effects of dog feces on animals

Dog waste can have a serious negative impact on local wildlife. Not only does it bring potentially harmful bacterial and viral infections, but it also has the potential to disrupt the food chain. Predators can be lured into areas where dogs defecate. This can lead to an influx of predators into the area, which in turn can lead to overhunting of certain animals or birds, disrupting their normal population numbers.

In addition to these direct health hazards, dog poop prevents plant growth that is important for wildlife sustenance. Dog poop is natural, but not fertilizer. While horses and cows are strictly herbivores and their droppings can be used as plant fertilizer, dogs are carnivores. Dog poop, while containing nitrogen, does not have the balance of other nutrients that plants need and can even disrupt their natural growth cycle. That means grasses and other plants that live near dog poop will weaken or die because they don't get enough nutrients. If there is a high volume of dog waste, it can displace valuable plant species and lead to over-fertilization. As a result, nitrogen-loving species such as the stinging nettle grow more, while other important plants disappear.

What dog faeces has to do with calf deaths

In addition to the direct environmental impact of pet waste, dog waste has been linked to calf deaths on dairy farms. The cows ingest the roundworm eggs left in the dog's feces and become infected with the dangerous parasite Neospora caninum. This parasite causes severe neurological damage in pregnant cows, resulting in premature birth, stillbirth, or death of both cow and calf. In addition, dried dog poop provides an ideal home for disease-carrying flies that are attracted to feeding sites. These flies spread diseases such as mastitis, lameness and conjunctivitis among cows, leading to even more calf deaths on farms. Finally, fecal bacteria and dog parasites can contaminate ground beef. 


The more dog poop left, the more dog haters there are

Abandoned dog poop encourages dog haters. It is therefore important that all dog people act responsibly and dispose of their dogs' waste. Not only does this help protect our environment, but it also deters dog haters from endangering the lives of dogs and other animals. Dog haters spread their poison bait, creating an environment of hostility and fear. A vicious circle of environmental degradation and health problems develops.

As dog people, we must take responsibility for our dog and dispose of dog waste properly to protect our environment and the health and safety of our dogs and fellow human beings. When we work together to reduce pet waste pollution, we can ensure a cleaner, healthier world for all. Finally, stepping on dog poop or looking at or smelling it is just plain uncomfortable.

Plastic bags or biodegradable bags?

Did you know that plastic bags used to pick up dog waste have a much lower environmental impact than leaving dog waste lying around? Our dogs have a large ecological footprint and to reduce this a little, you can use biodegradable poop bags. It doesn't matter whether it's a plastic bag or a sustainable bag - both belong in the residual waste, because only there will they be disposed of appropriately.

If you use poop bags, please make sure they are biodegradable, as normal plastic takes up to 500 years to decompose in landfills.